Sunday, October 3, 2010

Free Admissions to Museums Courtesy of Bank of America

 If you have a Bank of America card  (either ATM or Credit Card), every first weekend of the month admissions to museums and other venues across the country are free. In NYC, the Met and the Bronx Zoo are free today. I'm going to see the new Resnick Pavillion at LACMA today. Check out the link above and find out what museums in your state are free today.

Resnick Pavillion at LACMA
 
 
 
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

2010 L.A. County Fair Tapestry Competition Entries

The L.A. County Fair will open this weekend.  I have three entries in the Tapestry competition.  I will not be in town when the Fair opens, so I will have to wait until mid-September to see how I did.  Admission to the L.A. County Fair over Labor Day Weekend (Sept 4th-6th) is only $1




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Sunday, August 1, 2010

August 1st Already!!!???

So the entire month of July has gone by and I'm not sure where it went. Life has been busy and taxing.  It was very busy month at work, which was practically non-stop since the 6th of July.  I got sick with both the flu and bronchitis at the same time this month, but since there was no rest for the weary, there was no time to take off and get better, so I took massive doses of Tamiflu and Azithromycin and hoped for the best.  I feel better, but still have a nagging cough.  I had exactly one bad date this month. My date had severe halitosis and was a horrible dancer. The conversation over dinner was alright, but the holding me close and breathing his dragon breath on me at the after dinner dancing made me ill. After an hour of "dancing" I just had to pack it in and insist I go home to recover from the nausea.  Despite my bad date, I ended up setting up two people I know on a date.  I made the introduction and I guess we will see if it works out well or not.  I think it is so hard to find a person to date, let alone find someone who is relationship material.  I think these two individuals are both great people and I hope they end up thinking so about each other too.  On the second to last day of the month, a dear ol' friend of mine came to town for a weekend visit.  We went out to dinner with some  former co-workers of ours, some of whom I have not seen in about 15 years.  It was great getting together and catching up.  Life speeds by, but sometimes it stops for a moment of reflection.  We all marveled on how "good" we still looked and that the friendships are still strong despite the time and space.  That's it.  Nothing really else to report.  Oh, I did enter three cross-stitches in the LA County Fair competition.  Fingers crossed for when the Fair opens in September.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Falling in love in Mystic, CT

This past Fourth of July weekend, I traveled to Mystic Conneticut to attend my very dear friend Jason's wedding.  Mystic is a charming small town on the South facing Conneticut coast, probably best know for the Julia Robert's movie entitled "Mystic Pizza".   I don't fall in love easy, but I absolutely fell hard while in Mystic.  In love with the town and on an early morning run, I fell in love with a house.  Falling in love with real estate is much harder for me, then falling in love with people, so here it is, my new lust object.  Oh, and I've included a picture of the bride and groom too.  Enjoy!






View of the Harbor from the backyard of the house.

Jason and Keri Crawford


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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What I Love and Hate About Sports

What I love about sports: Johnny Damon running around the bases and throwing his batting helmet in the air like a little boy after hitting a walk off home run last night in Detroit. Lance Armstrong battling back after a flat tire in the third stage of the Tour de France at 38 years old. The awesome World Cup matches in South Africa over the last month (Germany v. Spain today will be grinding it out for a spot in the Finals). The John Isner/ Nicholas Mahut epic Wimbledon match that went 11+ hours over 3 days and ended in a fifth set final score of 70-68.

What I hate about sports: LeBron James getting a primetime special on ESPN to announce where he is going to play next year (really a primetime special?). A shooting outside of Michael Vick's birthday party (why did this guy get a second chance?). Tiger Woods' personal failings (how do you have the discipline to be the greatest professional golfer in the world, but not the discipline to be faithful to your beautiful wife and children?).

Sports can teach you many important lessons about life.  Like in order to get to the top of your field, you have to work hard and train consistently.  Like when you have nothing left in the tank, somehow if you really want it, you can dig deep and find a little more.  Like how sometimes you have to go big to win big or fail spectacularly (in the end, you make the history books in any event).  How no matter how old you get, when you are really, really happy you look and feel like a little kid again.  Like when you really want to achieve something in life, your mind and heart can rise above any physical limitation.  Like if you want to win, you first have to believe in yourself.  And finally, don't ever give up, because if you do, your goals will always be unrealized.


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Celebrations of Life

I recently attended two very special events that were remarkably life affirming in two very different and wonderful ways.  Last Saturday, I attended a very dear friend's wedding.  Linda Gregory and Jim Hollenberg exchanged vows at 6pm on June 12, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Redlands.  Friends and family were in attendance.  I sat on the bride's side of the church and witnessed one of the happiest days of my friend's life.  She was a vision in her pale champagne colored off the shoulder taffeta gown, which she made herself in less than a year.  Her hair is curls around her face and crowned with gold beaded hair bands, she radiated joy and love in her face as she proceeded up the aisle to her waiting Jim.  Finding love a little later in life, but well worth waiting for, Linda and Jim were about to exchange vows for the first time in either of their lives in their 40's.  But when you find the right person to spend your life with, all the time up to that point, waiting and looking, just seems to melt away.  I've never seen two people so perfect for each other.  So completely in love and devoted.  I spoke to Linda a couple of days before the ceremony and she said that as much hard work and some frustration planning the wedding was, the best part about it was that Jim had just been an absolute prince through the whole process and had been so supportive.  If you can plan a wedding and even with all the stress surrounding it, you still find complete solace in the support of your impending spouse, then you know that you are marrying the right person.  Maggie, the maid of honor, and another dear friend, looked absolutely lovely in her royal blue gown and deep plunging neckline (she looked HOT!). I took pictures from my prime seat on the aisle, but due to my shaky camera work (probably also due to the couple of drinks I had right before the ceremony) most of my picture came out a little blurred.  Even through the blurriness, I think you can still see the joy on everyone's faces.  I also want to formally thank my escort to the wedding, who made the day and evening absolutely perfect for me.  Thank you dear sir (you know who you are) for being both a solid rock and wildly fun all at the same time.   














My other recent life affirming event was a couple of weeks ago on May 30th, I had the honor of attending the Memorial Service for Ronnie James Dio, former lead singer of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and most recently Heaven and Hell.  Wendy Dio, his wife and manager, generously sent me wristbands so that I could sit inside the Hall of Liberty, the site of the ceremony at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills.  Outside of the Hall of Liberty, a large screen was set up with additional chairs for mourners.  It was a public memorial and many, many of Ronnie's fans attended.  It was a very warm day, but people braved the sun and gave up part of their Memorial Day Holiday weekend to attend. I must say that I was painfully uneducated about Ronnie's career and life up until this day, but the celebration of his life put on by his family and dear friends in the music industry was a complete enlightenment about what an amazing person Ronnie was and for which he will continued to be remembered.  Ronnie was a slight man in stature, standing only around 5', but based on the countless personal stories about how he had touched other people's lives, it was clear that Ronnie's heart and personality were much greater that his physical body.  Among the musical luminaries that spoke and sang at the ceremony were Rudy Sarzo, John Payne, Glenn Hughes, Joey Belladonna & Dio/Heaven & Hell keyboard player Scott Warren.  The love that poured out these men for Ronnie was so incredibly touching.  They spoke of Ronnie as a father figure and as someone who was always there for them, no matter what.  Ronnie was also incredibly fun and mischievous.  They spoke of Ronnie being a lifelong Yankee fan and an incredible heavy metal vocalist, maybe the best who ever lived.  It was such an honor and privilege to have been invited into this Memorial and to listen to each and every person who spoke.  It just goes to prove that one person can make a difference and touch so many people's lives.  Thank you Wendy for allowing me to hear such incredible words about your husband, who clearly was as greatly loved as he loved others.  I was truly moved by the whole event. I just wish I got to spend more time with Ronnie, than the one time I met him.  But even in death, Ronnie has made an impact on my life.  God rest his soul. 


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Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Wizard of Westwood Will Live Forever

God bless us with John Wooden for 99 years (1910-2010).  He will always be the greatest coach of all time.  He embodied the definitions of class, grace, strength, success and what it means to be a UCLA Bruin.  Coach Wooden will forever be tattooed on my and every Bruin's heart.  Long live the Wizard of Westwood.  You can listen to him describe his philosophy of success below. 




Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wait is that The Cookie Monster?

So I went to a bar in Hollywood last night to celebrate my friend Kimberly's birthday.  Around 11pm, all of a sudden in walks The Cookie Monster.  He hung out, danced to the music and then just as suddenly as he appeared, he left.  Off in seach for more cookies I guess. Oh, and he wasn't invited to the party, he crashed it!  Did I mention that this was an adult birthday party?  Enjoy the pixs.  Only in Hollywood.


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Monday, May 17, 2010

Rest in Peace Ronnie James Dio

I was very sad to hear of the death of Ronnie James Dio, who died this weekend of stomach cancer at the age of 67. I had met Dio and his wife Wendy a couple of years ago at the premiere of the film "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny". Tenacious D, the rock duo comprising of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, asked Dio to do a cameo in the film, which he agreed to do. I negotiated his acting agreement with his wife and manager Wendy Dio, with whom I struck up a friendship over the phone. Wendy was extremely protective of Dio, despite the fact that they were no longer together as a couple. I finally met both Wendy and Dio at the film's premiere party, which took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Wendy and Ronnie were both delightful in-person. Despite being Heavy Metal royalty, Dio was extremely humble. He was very grateful to be given the opportunity to appear in the film, in which he played himself. The scene comprised of a poster of Dio behind the door in a young Jack Black's bedroom. When the young JB prays to the Dio poster for advice, Dio comes alive in the poster and gives young Jack Black some advice. The scene gave Dio the opportunity to sing on-camera and is a small, but pivotal role in the film. A friend of mine at the premiere was a huge Dio fan, so I introduced them and Dio spent quite a long time talking to my friend and hanged out at the party for the rest of the evening. Ronnie James Dio was a slight man, thin and wiry, standing only about 5'4", but he had a monstrous voice and long curly brown hair. He started his career in rock in the mid-1970's as the lead vocalist of "Rainbow" and then eventually replaced Ozzy Osbourne as lead singer in "Black Sabbath". Later in his career, he formed the band "Dio" and later "Heaven and Hell".  Ronnie was born to an Italian-American family in New York. He changed his last name from Padovana to Dio, which means "God" in Italian. He truly was a Heavy Metal god.  Rest in Peace Dio.

UPDATE 05/20/2010:  There will be a public memorial for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2pm located at The Hall Of Liberty/Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068.  More details here.


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Friday, May 7, 2010

Press Release - The 13th Annual South Robertson (SoRo) Festival - June 6, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

13th Annual South Robertson (SoRo) Community Festival

Los Angeles, CA — This year's 13th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 6, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The SoRo Community Festival will be located on South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of Hamilton High School and the 10 Fwy).

The SoRo Community Festival’s goals are to build bridges amongst local neighbors, businesses and community and public service organizations and celebrate the cultural diversity of our community. Local caterers, restaurants, merchants, schools, entertainers and organizations will participate. The Festival will feature activities for kids, a live music stage and lots of exciting artist and vendor booths.

Plus this year, you and your family can receive free information on how to prepare in the event of an emergency and the opportunity to purchase Emergency Preparedness supplies. The SoRo Festival will also feature a special section on Green Living, where you can receive information on how to live a greener lifestyle. Additionally, the Festival will feature local school children’s presentation of art and science projects on the theme of living Green. The SoRo Community and Los Angeles City Council Members Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and Paul Koretz will be presenting a special Community Award for Outstanding Green Citizenship to Vons for their commitment to a greener lifestyle.

In addition, the SoRo Festival will feature an exciting variety of food vendors, offering a delicious assortment of choices (including Kosher and vegetarian selections). Already confirmed are Fat Burger and a couple of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks, the Spring Street Smoke House and King Kone.

The SoRo Festival stage will feature live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented young performers, including appearances from Rock Nation, World Garden Dance and Music Studio, dance and vocal performance from the students of Shenandoah Elementary, Dorsey High School and the award winning Jazz Vocal Ensemble from Hamilton High School and the top 40 and Latin Soul sound of The Westside Crew.

The SoRo Community Festival is coordinated by the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council and SoRo, Inc. and funded in part by a grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. We would like to invite the entire Southern California community to join our event. Admission to the SoRo Community Festival is Free. Free street parking is also available. The SoRo Festival is open to the public and will provide plenty of fun for the whole family on a Sunday afternoon!

For additional information, call Christel Wilson at (310) 837-1710 or
visit http://www.soro.org/ or http://www.soronc.org/programs/sorofestival10.html

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

A New Garden at John Muir Middle School

Leaving the Studio Lot
Every year the employees of Viacom, Inc. volunteer a day of serve to their community.  This day of service is called Viacommunity Day, a tradition that was started in 1995.  Last Friday, April 30th, the employees of Paramount Pictures donned turquoise and orange shirts and went out to various schools in the LAUSD to build, repair, paint and garden.  I volunteered at John Muir Middle School in South Central Los Angeles and helped plant a new garden on the school grounds.  We boarded two big yellow school buses, arrived about 10am and got to work. We planted a flower garden including building 5 benches.  The kids at the school were delightful.  Most of them had never planted anything before.  We literally had to teach them how to dig a hole, measure how deep they should dig depending on the size of the plant and how to back-fill the hole to secure the plant in the earth. The kids ranged from very precocious to shy and quiet, but they were all eager to learn.  It was an exhausting day, but extremely rewarding.  The kids were amazed by the beauty of the garden and that we could accomplish so much in one day.  I kept telling the kids that it was their responsibility to make sure the plants were taken care of after we left.  They all thanked us profusely and the principal of the school was so grateful she wanted to cry.  It was an awesome day of community volunteerism.

Students and Volunteers getting to work.









One of  5 benches built & I helped lay the brick underneath this one.

Watering all our plants, almost done!

Plants & flowers add some color to the concrete and chain link landscape of John Muir

This was truly a rewarding experience for the volunteers and students alike. 

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Monday, April 26, 2010

A Field of California Dreams

Yesterday I decided to drive north up the 14 Fwy to the Antelope Valley to visit the California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, CA.  Every Spring, between April and May, is prime wildflower season in Southern California and there is no more beautiful wildflower than our state flower the orange California Poppy.  The Interpretive Center at the California State Poppy Reserve is named in honor of self-taught artist, botanist and conservationist Jane Pinheiro.  Many of her watercolor paintings of native plants adorn the Interpretive Center's walls.  A long time member of the Lancaster community, Pinheiro was instrumental in establishing at least eight wildflower and wildlife sanctuaries in the Antelope Valley, ranging in size from 100 to 455 acres.  Because of her tiredless efforts, we Californians have these beautiful fields of flowers to visit each year. 

California Poppy in full bloom


This bug sure found a pretty place to rest
This lizard begged me to take his picture.

Ant hill
Lady Bug on my arm
"If you build it, they will come."

The long line of cars waiting to get into the California Poppy Reserve reminded me of the last scene of the movie Field of Dreams.  God made these beautiful poppies for us, and with the help of Jane Pinheiro who helped established the California Poppy Reserve, they are coming to a Field of California Dreams. 

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Container Garden in Bloom

One of my favorite places is my balcony, where I grow many things; roses, tomatoes, strawberries, and lots of other plants.  Here are some pictures of Spring in bloom. 

Tomato blooms

These will become Sunflowers





Fabulous Roses


Yummy berries


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Better than Animal Planet

I regularly feed the sparrows (wild bird seed) and squirrels (nuts) on my balcony. I love to sit and watch them from my couch while I drink my coffee in the morning. Today, I had a new unexpected visitor. I looked out and saw a relatively large bird land on my balcony railing, a young hawk. I guess when you feed small animals; you automatically attract larger animals, such as birds of prey. I had never seen a hawk up close before and I marveled at how beautiful it was. It had a light reddish color chest and darker grey wings and head. I grabbed my digital camera and tried to get a photo from my couch, which came out unfocused and grainy. I tried to get closer, but the hawk saw my movement and flew away. So with apologies for my poor photography, here are the photos of the hawk. I have also included a photo from the web, so you can actually distinguish what the hawk looks like.  Who says there is no wild life in Los Angeles?  My balcony is better than Animal Planet.



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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Finished Sampler Cross-Stitch

My framers are New Creation Framing in Pasadena, CA.  As always I am very pleased with the finished work.






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